Some old people of Goderich have challenged as well as expressed concern of encroachment of their lands at Goderich.
Pa James Kamara a former chairman for Goderich and also one time food supplier to Milton Margai College, Goderich in the 60s, Alhaji A.R Suphian Cole, once served as Headman, Village Development Committee, Sylvanus Thomas Williams, ex-deputy village chairman, Rev. Kofi Goodwill, ex-councilor, York, Haja Isata Sesay, a former land owner of Milton Margai and Isaac Freeman ex- village headman were the aged that expressed concern of encroachment of their lands.
Another 83 year old man Sylvanus Thomas Williams accused Milton Margai College, Goderich of encroaching on his 27 acre land which was left for him by his late mother, Abel Josephine Decker.
He explained that he was born in January 16, 1927 and since 1936 his mother used to take him to work on the land to plant cassava for the preparation of foo-foo.
He said the land was not part of the lands sold for the building of Milton Margai College as his mother vehemently refused to sell hers to Sir Milton Margai.
He even mentioned that he took the Director of Lands and Surveys in the Ministry of Lands to the High Court for failing to sign his documents and the court ruled in his favour.
Explaining how Milton Margai got where it is now, Pa James Kamara said he was Secretary for the Village Area Committee in 1961-62 and later succeeded Iscandry Gibril Cole as chairman. At that time, he said Madam Ella Koblo Gulama, R.G.King, J.A Sumner and Berthurst Wilson met them and explained to them that Sir Milton Margai was to visit them.
He continued that a meeting was convened at the present Goderich Community Center where the Prime Minister told them he wanted to help them by building a teacher’s training college and he wanted about 20 acre land.
Pa James recalled that he told the Prime Minister that they have heard the news and should be given time to consult with the land owners and the various head men. He further said that all the headmen; Madam Carolyn Cummings from Goderich west, Dan Smith from Sherbro Town, Pa Alie Mansaray, Alie Sesay, Baoma village and Mamoud Sesay from Adunkia immediately met with the land owners.
Pa James further recalled that one Madam Abel Josephine Decker refused to sell her 27 acre land however about 20 land owners the Harris Family, Peacock, Coker Davies, Cummings, Jackson, Iba Mannagis, Saturday Dove and Joanna Macauley agreed to sell their lands which was a little over 20 acres.